Los Angeles: Understanding the city
Moving West To Los Angeles
The City of Angels! Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the United States, and the most populated city within California, with close to 4 million people living there. With such a large population, Los Angeles is home to many people from around the world. The main language of the United States is English, but in Los Angeles due to the vast cultural landscape there are around 224 different languages being spoken.
Los Angeles has a lot to be famous for, Hollywood, Cultural Museums, Disneyland, Universal Studios, to name a few. However, it’s not just these sites that draw people to the city, it’s the diversity and the opportunities that give life to Los Angeles.
Where To live
Have you ever heard people say how big Los Angeles is? Well, its true. It’s a city spread over 469 square miles (1,210 km2) and within the city of Los Angeles, there are smaller separate cities. An example of some of the smaller cities which you have probably heard of are: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pasadena, and Burbank.
If you will be landing in Los Angeles for the first time and unfamiliar with the city, or you’re still familiarizing yourself, spend some time researching the city and its neighborhoods before you move. Prior to signing a lease on a new home, spend some time exploring the city and getting to know some of the neighborhoods and understand the housing market. Remember, when deciding on where you will live, one important factor to consider is where you will work and if you need to drive. Commuting in Los Angeles can eat up much of your spare time and if possible, you want to avoid rush hour traffic.
Do You Really Need A Car In LA?
Los Angeles is a city that has been designed for cars. The sheer expanse of the city makes everything accessible and far simpler if you do have a car. However, in recent years, as the city evolves, many areas are now far more pedestrian friendly. There are even some cities/neighborhoods where you don’t need a car. Cycling is very popular and is supported by the city, with many new bike lanes and bike rental opportunities around the city. This combined with the third largest public transit system in the country, makes getting around without a car possible. If you are considering Moving A Car, find out the best way to transport it when Moving to California.
Los Angeles is renowned for its great weather and year round sunshine. The sun alone attracts many people to the city with the cool winters and hot summers. Over the past decade, the concept of seasons has become irrelevant.
What Is There To Do In LA?
Aside from being the entertainment capital, Los Angeles is a cultural and artistic hub. There is something for everyone! Some of the best museums are in LA. The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Music Center, LACMA, MOCA. Nature lovers will be in paradise, the many amazing hikes, botanical gardens, and beaches. Food lovers can enjoy the spectacular restaurants, farmers markets, and food truck cuisine. See an outdoor movie, concert or theater. The list is endless!
Within the city of Los Angeles, there are independent cites, each with their own regulations. You will need to contact the city that you are moving from/to in order to find out if a parking permit will be required for the moving truck. You can contact the Los Angeles Department of Transportation at 213.972.8470.
Tips For Newcomers
If you are moving to Los Angeles without having spent time there previously, or limited time, check out these tips to familiarize yourself with this diversified city.
Whatever your reason for moving to Los Angeles, prepare yourself for the roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. But remember; keep your eyes open and look around, especially when you’re stuck in traffic, for in the golden hour, you’ll remember why you moved to the City of Angels!
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